From idea to finished product

Evocative, atmospheric, and organic music production for alt. folk and Americana singer/songwriters.

You know what you want to achieve. 

You felt it when you wrote the song, but taking that demo to a polished finished recording involves a lot of steps

Many singer-songwriters find the process frustrating and difficult. The worse case is half-finishing a song or project and then moving onto something else, leaving a trail of “half built bridges”. It can be really difficult to zoom out and see the big picture.

Singer songwriters benefit from an ally along the way.

As a producer, I help artists:

  • Crystallize their artistic vision
  • Explore a variety of textures and sounds
  • Find the right musicians for their songs
  • Navigate the technical and logistical challenges
  • Incrementally break down high level goals into bite sized tasks so that artists can accomplish their dream
  • Stand out from the crowd by creating something truly authentic
  • Make the process super fun and meaningful

My Portfolio

Lindsay Foote

Producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

  • NYC 00:00
  • Won't Do Me Any Good 00:00
  • Resting Place 00:00

Dione Taylor

Producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

  • How Many times 00:00
  • Running Down The Line 00:00
  • One More Shot 00:00

Aviva Chernick

Co-producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

  • Min Hameitzar 00:00
  • Esta Montanya 00:00
  • La Serena 00:00

Jadea Kelly

Producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

  • Any Old Boat 00:00
  • 10 Roses 00:00

My background

I’ve spent years touring clubs, theaters, and festivals the world over with major artists. I’ve recorded at studios from NYC to Nashville, and played on dozens of critically acclaimed albums and film scores.

Now operating my own studio in Toronto, I’m offering singer songwriters all over the world the opportunity to elevate their sound.



The song, voice, and lyrics are king.
I play a bunch of fretted instruments and work with incredible musicians. 


Electric & acoustic guitar
And more

Four simple steps. One amazing result.

1. Contact
Fill out the form below to get a quote and book a one-on-one call. We’ll discuss your music, ideas and any goals you may have.

2. Confirm
Your production will be confirmed as soon as you upload your scratch tracks and submit a payment.

3. Listen
You’ll be sent a mix of your track with the new parts added. If you have any revisions, I’ll take care of them free of charge.

4. Download
As soon as you’re happy with your mix, you’ll be able to download your finished song.


“Joel produced my EP, and he helped me take the project to an entirely new level.

He has amazing musical instincts, and all of his playing, production, and arrangement ideas were perfect. On top of his musicality, he truly listened to me and took to heart what I wanted to do with the project. I felt comfortable sharing my ideas and concerns with him, and because of this the end product felt like a true collaboration.

Joel brings out the best in whoever he works with, and I can’t imagine having a better experience with a producer. On top of everything, the whole process was so much fun!! And I’m truly proud of the work we did together.”

Lindsay Foote

“Joel is a one-of-a-kind musician, and he takes great care in his ability to create. His warm, unique approach to music is unmatched. He’s able to fill the space and add layers effortlessly.”

Jessica Mitchell

“Having toured, performed and recorded with Joel, I can sincerely attest to his professionalism, open heart and emotional musical ear. He sits, listens and encourages authenticity always. It has always been a great pleasure working with him, as a producer and a good friend.”

Jadea Kelly

“Joel has a phenomenal ear which, married with his imagination, and skill as a musician and producer, brings songs into their full beauty. He helps the songs be realized exactly the way they were meant to be heard all along.”
Aviva Chernick
Recording Artist

“It was like getting six session players for the price of one!

Shawna Caspi

“Working beside and creating music with Joel is an incredible experience. His perseverance with and dedication to bringing your musical vision into reality is what every artist dreams of in a producer. Joel’s energy and vibe creates a safe and open space for imagination, artistry… and wicked fun! I’m excited and extremely proud of the ‘sound’ that we created on my upcoming album.”
Dione Taylor
Recording Artist
“I have had the pleasure of working with Joel in a wide range of musical settings. His depth as a musician, combined with his artistic vision, make him a very unique and effective producer. Whether it is helping an artist realize an arrangement, playing guitar parts to augment a recording or helping to manage timelines/budgets, Joel has a comprehensive range of skills that are mandatory for modern music production. I cannot recommend working with Joel enough. From writing and arranging, to playing and tracking, Joel truly has it all.”
Justin Gray
Producer/Mastering Engineer
“Joel brings bullseye instincts, huge ears and exacting standards to every project he’s involved in…every note is there for a reason, every sound makes perfect sense and everyone is happy at the end of the session. Work with him and you’ll see what I mean.”
Andrea Koziol

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Press and Reviews

“[Aviva’s voice] emerges vividly amidst the subtle architecture of layered and reverberant instrumentation constructed by guitarist and co-producer Joel Schwartz.”

Paul Corby, Roots Music Canada
November 14, 2019

“The musical arrangements are also endlessly intriguing, full of subtle surprises and tiny little details that capture your heart for just a fleeting moment. The sound quality is stunning, which really rounds out the package so to speak–there’s a completeness to La Sirena that’s rare and uncompromising and yet full of love and respect.”

Marc Phillips in Music, The Vinyl Anachronist
October 9, 2019

“I would bring [Joel] ideas, we would play them together, and he would help me. It was super fun, to be honest. He’s an incredible musician, so he’s really fun to play with. I always really liked my time doing that. It’s like getting to spend time doing your favorite stuff and also having someone amazing focus on your music, which is great.

Then for production, we were recording in the studio. We did all that in two days with Toronto musicians, a lot of whom I’d been working with previously in my band, so that was great too. Super exciting. They were all amazing. Afterwards, we worked a couple months on post-production, adding different things. Joel added a lot of instruments and textures that he could do in his own studio. It was a year of working with him, and now it’s been a year and a half until I released it, but it’s been done for a few months. There were just ends to tie up.”

Lindsay Foote, (interview excerpt), The All Scene Eye
November 15, 2019

Joel Schwartz is a seasoned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. With 20 years of experience as a professional musician, he records instrumental parts for folk, Americana, roots, blues, and indie-rock musicians and composers.

Joel has toured and/or recorded with Birds of Chicago, Amelia Curran, Matthew and Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Jessica Mitchell, Aviva Chernick, Andrea Koziol, Dione Taylor, Lydia Persaud, Jadea Kelly, and many others.

The recordings he’s played on have won, or been nominated for numerous awards including the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Ontario Folk Music Awards. 

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